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Thursday, January 17, 2019

BWW Review: Truth Is A Point of View in Three One-Acts at LABUTE NEW THEATER FESTIVAL by Michael Dale

During the first year of his presidency, after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia during a protest involving white supremacists, many of whom were displaying Nazi symbols and sl…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Review: HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE at The Public's Under The Radar Festival by Michael Dale

One of the great opportunities afforded to playgoers at The Public Theater's annual Under The Radar Festival is the chance to see how theatre companies from other countries address the same …

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BWW Review: Marin Ireland Rages Against Patriarchy in Abby Rosebrock's BLUE RIDGE by Michael Dale

If the majority of Broadway ticket-buyers valued great acting as much as they valued celebrity, Marin Ireland would have been an above-the-title, name-in-lights star a long time ago. Certain…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

BWW Review: Tarell Alvin McCraney's Coming-Of-Age Drama CHOIR BOY Sings Out Spiritual Nourishment by Michael Dale

When I was little, my grandmother would sing songs to me that she told me freed slaves, says Pharus Jonathan Young, the central character of Tarell Alvin McCraney's emotionally thick coming-…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

BWW Review: At The Public's Under The Radar Festival, New Saloon's MINOR CHARACTER Riffs on a Chekhov Classic by Michael Dale

At the commencement of MINOR CHARACTER, New Saloon's offering at the Public Theater's 2019 Under The Radar Festival, actor Madeline Wise stands downstage center, faces the audience and, with…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Ten Times New York Theatre Tackled Political and Social Issues in 2018 by Michael Dale

Sure, Broadway is traditionally known for its glitz and glamour, but New York audiences have never shied away from socially relevant theatre, either. And while controversial issues are more …

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' Rollickingly Fun THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Michael Dale

Though there's nary a mention of snowfall or jingle bells in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, the abundance of joy and good clean humor, not to mention some terrific voices, in the New York Gilbert …

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

BWW Review: Gary Apple's CHRISTMAS IN HELL, A Holiday Tale About Bad Fruitcake and Charles Manson by Michael Dale

The humorous set-up for the new musical at The York, Christmas in Hell is a bit of an old chestnut, but bookwritercomposerlyricist Gary Apple makes it sing nicely.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

BWW Review: Mentalist Scott Silven's WONDERS AT DUSK Combines Illusion With A Bit Of Group Therapy by Michael Dale

Raise your hand if you consider yourself to be a trustworthy person. Those of a cynical nature might consider that a hapless request to aim at a New York audience, but sincerity is the key t…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

BWW Review: Peter Rothstein's Extraordinarily Moving and Beautifully Realized ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 by Michael Dale

Shorty after midnight, on Christmas Day of 1914, a German soldier whose name is now lost to history committed what might be the most subversive act in all of modern warfare. He walked, unarm…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

BWW Review: Iranian Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour's NASSIM Encourages Cultural Understanding Through Language by Michael Dale

In a city where hundreds of theatre productions are produced every year before audiences who encourage artists to experiment beyond the norm, it takes a lot for a play in New York to be rega…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

BWW Review: Jeff Daniels is Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher's Exquisite Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Michael Dale

Without knowing any better, one might easily mistake the new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer-winning 1960 novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird' for a revival of a classic Golden Age Broadw…

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BWW Review: Amy Heckerling Pens New Lyrics To 90s Hits To Bring CLUELESS To The Musical Stage by Michael Dale

The inherent problem with trying to craft a book musical around a score made of previously-existing hit songs is that the lyrics rarely match the charactersituation specifics enough to keep …

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018


It was fifteen years ago when over forty million people tuned into the season two finale of 'American Idol' to see Rubin Studdard win the crown over runner-up Clay Aiken. This reviewer wasn'…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BWW Review: Heather Raffo's NOURA Takes An Ibsen-Like Approach To Iraqi Assimilation Into America by Michael Dale

The lack of visible doors in our view of the home of the title character of Heather Raffo's drama of an immigrant Christian Iraqi family in America, Noura, appears more and more to be a symb…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

BWW Review: Jeremy O. Harris' Extremely Daring SLAVE PLAY Explores Sexual Dissatisfaction Caused By Racial Issues by Michael Dale

It was over fifty years ago when designer Boris Aronson famously let a large mirror hang from the set of CABARET, forcing audience members to see their own reflections to bring home the poin…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Returns To Merchant's House Museum For Warm and Intimate A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Michael Dale

For the past five holiday seasons in a row, savvy New York playgoers have been filling the upstairs parlor of East 4th Street's Merchant's House Museum for a warm and intimate evening of Chr…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

BWW Review: 1976 Satire Becomes 2018 Reality in Ivo van Hove and Lee Hall's Striking Adaptation of NETWORK by Michael Dale

The audience loudly booed at the end of last Saturday night's preview performance of the new Broadway offering based on Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1976 film classic N…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

BWW Review: Stephanie J. Block Dazzles With Power In Gutsy, Glitzy and Glam THE CHER SHOW by Michael Dale

From the moment the houselights dim and the music cranks up on The Cher Show, Broadway's newest bio-musical, the message is clear. Surrender to the fabulousness ahead and brace yourself for …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotically Elegant NUTCRACKER ROUGE Heats Up The Holiday Season by Michael Dale

Since family-friendly entertainments tend to dominate the holiday performing arts scene, it's especially cheery that for the past nineyears that scandalous crew called Company XIV has been o…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS Return To Broadway With MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS by Michael Dale

If there's such a thing as subtlety in the world of The Illusionists, that band of touring magicians that have frequently been making Broadway their winter home, it's evident in their latest…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

BWW Review: Hansol Jung's Imaginatively Told Internet Age Romance, WILD GOOSE DREAMS by Michael Dale

'If you have to choose between family and flying, I hope you would choose the flying,' a father tells his children as the lesson behind a bedtime story involving an angel and a woodcutter. '…

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BWW Review: Tom Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM Debates The Existence of Selfless Acts by Michael Dale

Yes, in the world of Tom Stoppard post-coital pillow talk can be a debate about human consciousness and whether or not altruism truly exists. After all, nobody said anything about THE HARD P…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

BWW Review: Tony Yazbeck, Robyn Hurder Bring a Thrilling Dynamic To New York City Center's A CHORUS LINE by Michael Dale

The lack of permanence that allows new artists endless chances to bring their own interpretations to classic material is the most significant aspect that separates live theatre from movies a…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

BWW Review: Brooks Ashmanskas Gives a Classic Musical Comedy Star Turn in Hilarious and Touching THE PROM by Michael Dale

Let's cut to the chase. The Prom is a great musical comedy on the same level as HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and THE PRODU…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

BWW Review: Raul Esparza Is Bertolt Brecht's Symbolic Crime Boss in THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI by Michael Dale

No, directordesigner John Doyle does not have Raul Esparza wearing a blonde wig when he delivers his climatic oratory at the close of CSC's revival of Bertolt Brecht's 1941 allegorical satir…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BWW Review: In Ngozi Anyanwu's GOOD GRIEF, Shaping Memories Is A Part of Healing by Michael Dale

For those of us of a certain age, the phrase good grief has been a part of our vocabulary since childhood as simply an expression of exasperation, thanks to the influence of Charles Schulz a…

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BWW Review: Neil Diamond Is A Boy's Best Friend in THE OTHER JOSH COHEN by Michael Dale

Steve Rosen and David Rossmer's pop rock musical charmer THE OTHER JOSH COHEN has been hitting the regional circuit a bit since its 2012 Off-Broadway production that picked up Drama Desk, Lo…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

BWW Review: Mike Birbiglia's Musings on Fatherhood, THE NEW ONE, Moves To Broadway by Michael Dale

Though it often involves individuals speaking prepared material into a microphone in front of paying customers who may be enjoying a libation or two, and though generating laughter is usuall…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

BWW Review: David Arrow's Informative and Bittersweet KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADE by Michael Dale

'We are a great country,' presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy assured his supporters in a speech given moments after winning the Democratic Party's 1968 California primary and moments b…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

BWW Review: KING KONG: It Was Inept Writing Killed The Musical by Michael Dale

Using Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack's 1933 cinema classic 'King Kong' as the inspiration for a musical theatre piece really isn't such a bad idea. Among the film's notable achiev…

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